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6 Common Myths About Your Teeth

  • By Dona Prince
  • 9 February, 2015

We are all familiar with the classic myth of George Washington and his wooden teeth, but that is not the only one out there. In fact, people have a lot of misconceptions about how to care for their teeth, the tooth fairy, and why going to the dentist costs so much money. So let’s clear up a few of those myths for you.

Myth 1: Eating too much candy is bad for your teeth.

While eating too much candy is bad for your health and waist line, it actually isn’t going to cause you to lose your teeth like some people have said. Truth is, it’s how long you wait to brush after you’ve consumed the candy that is the real problem. Also, it’s a good idea to avoid candies that spend a time in your mouth such as lollipops and jawbreakers. Have your cake, but then be sure to brush your teeth soon after!

Myth 2: The harder you brush your teeth, the cleaner they become.

This is just not true, no matter how much you want to believe it. You should find a soft and gentle brush to use on your teeth. Plaque doesn’t require heavy brushing to be removed. Once plaque becomes tarter, your dentist will have to remove it. Also, brushing your teeth too hard can cause your gum line to recede, so it’s in your best interest to buy soft or extra soft toothbrushes.

Myth 3: You should replace your toothbrush every 6 months after your cleanings.

Actually, you should be replacing your toothbrush every three months. You may be able to get a little more usage out of it if you are cleaning and storing it properly, but an old toothbrush just cannot get your teeth and gums as clean when the bristles have worn out.

Myth 4: The tooth fairy visits children around the world.

While she is a busy fairy, she does not travel the entire globe, but is regionally associated with certain countries like the USA, England, and Australia. In some places, like France and Argentina, a little mouse comes and takes the tooth. In Botswana, kids throw their lost tooth on the roof of their house, and wait for the moon to bring them a new one.

Myth 5: Bleaching your teeth is harmful to your mouth.

It is always recommended to check with your dentist before you decide to use home or over-the-counter whitening remedies, and often times they are not harmful to your teeth–as long as you follow the directions. If you are told not to drink soda during the process, or not to use whitening strips more than once a day, well then, don’t!

Myth 6: Going to the dentist is expensive.

While we have all been hit with a big bill or two from our dentists, the truth is, not going to the dentist is what’s really expensive. If you get your yearly cleanings done and follow the day-to-day hygiene advice that your dentist gives you, you will save yourself a lot of money down the road by catching potential issues early on!